A DECISION on a school's future should be delayed until an education review is finished, it was said today.
Kirklees education chiefs want to axe RM Grylls Middle School at Liversedge because of falling pupil numbers.
But local Labour MP Mike Wood said the closure would pre-empt the outcome of the council's inquiry into the future of its seven middle schools.
He added: "The closure makes no sense when they have announced a review of the whole local middle school system.
"This may lead to some schools being extended or merged with others if Kirklees decides to switch to a two-tier system."
Closing RM Grylls would restrict the council's options in meeting the needs of children, said Mr Wood.
"It would be far more sensible and responsible to wait until that review has been conducted and Kirklees has a clear idea of where the structure of local schools is heading," he added.
Clr Geoff Alvy, Kirklees Cabinet member in charge of education, said any proposals for all middle schools would not start to progress until 2011.
He added: "The reasons for any discussions on the future pattern of schooling centre exclusively on improving prospects and services for children and looking at what is in their best interests."